March 28th, 2014

Save the Boozy Westminster Lunch

This week’s Spectator Life covers the increasingly insidious tendency to forego alcohol in the middle of the day in SW1:

“As the partitions came down and the chinos came in, American bank practices have spread from the City, down Fleet Street and have even reached Westminster. As politics and journalism have become more of a profession than an art form, the rules of the game have got tighter. With hacks and flacks tied to the internet, just like in the City, it’s harder to escape.”

Westminster’s thirstiest hacks took to the Red Lion to discuss the death of the boozy lunch for today’s Daily Politics…

Via via @liarpoliticians/Daily Politics


  1. 1
    DtP says:

    It’s happened all over now. When I started back in the mid to late nineties it was absolutely fine on a Friday to nip for up to 4 pints but nowadays it’s 1 maximum and even then probably not. Ffffff, how terribly dull.

  2. 2
    Joe says:

    everybody gets half an hour lunchbreak (once was called lunch hour, ffs) except for these leeches

  3. 3
    Reverend Flowers says:


  4. 4
    kebab time says:

    Totty watch tag! Sack the intern!

  5. 5
    nigels parachute says:

    It will always be gay marriage

  6. 6
    Taxpayer says:

    “…journalism has become more of a profession”

    Journalism has collapsed in Britain

    Even the Times is a tabloid full of “infortainers” and not journalists

    Trashed by Murdoch like so much else

    Give me the name of one well-known objective professional journalist in Britain

    There probably are a few on local papers…

  7. 7
    Blue Peter Goldfish says:

    The World ends at Watford Gap.

  8. 8
    Boarden Farquar says:

    What time is the Bingo?

  9. 9
    Ruport Haddock says:

    Bring back the Lineotypes

  10. 10
    Pollster says:

    Bring back some jounalists who earn our respect

    Why do you think online blogs, forums, wire services etc are taking off, while the dead tree press is dying?

  11. 11
    Blue Peter Goldfish says:

    Two (too) fat ladies, 88 O’clock.

  12. 12
    the mystic mould with the appearance of the face of Jesus says:

    I used to do all my best work in the dog and duck

  13. 13
    Lady Gaga's arse says:

    If Westminster hacks can only spend their time talking about their boozing habits, it just shows what a complete waste of oxygen they are

  14. 14
    mini clifford says:

    minezh a larzh one

  15. 15
    mini clifford says:

    worrabout reuters -online?

  16. 16
    yuri gaga in says:

    i took up space at school

  17. 17
    Elliot Ness says:

    All the alcohol these wasters forgo is replaced by koke

    Like in the City

    Net effect = more criminal behaviour by them.

    Like in the City

    PS How many hacks convicted and charged so far?

  18. 18
    Sadsick is a Khunt says:

    I’d like Sadiq Khan to consciously uncouple from existing.

  19. 19
    Yvette Cooper, hereditary trade unionist says:

    I will be opening a school in Westminster to teach Old Etonians like Tristram Hunt and other wannabe oligarchs to speak with Estuary accents

    We are all in this fraud together

  20. 20
    H.P. Fasch the third says:

    Well worth the BBC Tory Tax

  21. 21
    Justin Bieber's dick says:

    Try it

    I have

    Feels good

  22. 22
    broadsword calling danny boy says:

    Bring back the boozy breakfast,a good tankfull sets you up for the day!

  23. 23
    Bud Wiser says:

    Was Farage in?

  24. 24
    henrywood says:

    Bag o’ shyte, I say Bag o’ shyte! I get up in the morning about 07:30, put my porridge on to simmer, have two or three huge mugs of Assam tea whilst reading all the news online. *NOT ON THE BBC SITE* (Or BBC Shyte as it should be named.) I use Feedly to find out what has gone overnight and the likes of Guido’s feeds (grovel, grovel) amongst others, keep me well informed.

    After the porridge and a wash and shave I wander back to my chair, have a cup of decent coffee and check the mail.

    *THEN*, instead of wasting all that bloody time getting changed, dressed, deciding wot tie to weear, wandering out, finding transport to a watering hole, … blah … blah … blah, I just wander back to my comfy armchair and *AS SOON* as 11 o’clock strikes I pour myself a double Scotch. After a couple of those I usually feel a bit thirsty so I pour a half pint of decent ale. And so I go on throughout the afternoon. Sometimes I have lunch, sometimes I do not … *BUT*, I am *always* HAPPY!

    Well, … *nearly* always happy, until I come across some Labour – Lib-Dem – Hunt on some online/radio outlet (NEVER watch TV, old boy!) and after seeing said Hunts I get so angry that I have to immediately pour very large ones to settle myself.

    p.s. I only took up this way of happiness following my retirement and the loss of some mobility. Even if they gave me my leg back I don’t think I would bother going out again at lunchtime. Too many begging foreigners and most of the blokes in the pub smell these days.

  25. 25
    henrywood says:

    p.s. Why does this st00pid site turn Hunts to Hunts? Answers on a PC, please.

  26. 26
    Crafty Cockney says:

    This mans an athlete. Give him a medal.

  27. 27
    Dee says:

    Just as it is for organised religion, progress is always a painful process for politicians.

  28. 28
    Socialism Ate My Future says:

    QE infinity

  29. 29
    Socialism Ate My Future says:

    (Sorry) QE infinity

  30. 30
    Displaced Brummie says:

    I just had a boozy lunch. Two pints, cutting back…

  31. 31

    You hacks have only yourselves to blame. An MP in his cups became a target for a hypocritical rant rather than an indiscreet source of unattributable information. Now you’re avoided like the plague, there’s no reason for a lunch-time boozy session. The biter bit, big time.

  32. 32
    Maimed Codger says:

    Mid Day Alcohol, a Saxon Tradition and the right of every Englishman..

  33. 33
    Lanze die furunkel says:

    But Reuters are owned by …..

  34. 34
    Anonymous says:

    “the rules of the game have got tighter.”
    For finance, the game changer arguably comes in the form of Bitcoin. With command and control of propaganda, might that nemesis be the drip-drip-drip of Bittruth?

  35. 35
    HappyUK says:

    I don’t know how they manage it.
    I’ve never managed to drink during the day AND get work done.
    Daytime alcohol consumption for me is just a killer.
    Or maybe they never do any “work” in the first place?

  36. 36
    mraemiller says:

    What’s company time for if it isn’t drinking on? I work in the city and go down the pub every Friday. Learn a lot more than a month’s worth of corporate emails can tell.

    Oh well, maybe you need to do more live gigs…?

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